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Re: Problem with OpenSSL packaging on Windows

From: steveking <steveking_at_gmx.ch>
Date: 2005-02-08 20:19:02 CET

Mark Phippard wrote:
> This is really a binary distribution issue, so perhaps you will not
> consider it your problem.
> I have run into a problem from time to time where JavaHL will not load
> because an older, incompatible version of the OpenSSL DLL has been
> installed in the \Windows\System32 folder. I have now run into two
> products that do this:
> Crystal Reports
> Cisco VPN Client

Add ZoneAlarm to that list too.
(which even more users have installed than the ones you've listed)

> I had always thought these were just bad install programs, but I finally

They are!

> figured out part of the problem. The versions of those DLL's that
> Subversion includes in it's binary distribution, or that it compiles from
> source, does not include a version resource in the DLL. These other
> programs both include one in their version of the DLL. So even if I put
> the newer version from Subversion into my System32 folder, it will still
> get overwritten by other install programs because to a standard Windows
> install program that compares the version it does not find one in our
> version of the DLL so it will just replace it.

The problem here is not just that they overwrite your newer one with an
older one - the 'newer' one isn't compatible anymore with the older
ones. So if you install the dll which comes with Subversion into the
System32 folder those other programs might stop working!

Quote from the INSTALL file:
  Note on shared libraries

  Shared library is currently an experimental feature. The only reason to
  have them would be to conserve memory on systems where several program
  are using OpenSSL. Binary backward compatibility can't be guaranteed
  before OpenSSL version 1.0.

So you _must not_ put the openssl.dll in the windows or windows\system32
path - NEVER!


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